Whether you are young or old, big or small, everyone
wants to have a perfect smile. Straight, white teeth are not only attractive,
but also provide you with a new-found confidence when flashing your pearly
whites. A friendly, beautiful smile is very inviting regardless of who you are
speaking with. Much like detailing a car, your mouth needs proper preventative
maintenance to continue running smoothly. Also like a car though, sometimes
extra work needs to be done to keep things running smoothly and that's where cosmetic dental surgery
comes into play.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
The most basic way to describe cosmetic dentistry is
a form of surgery in the mouth. While there are many different procedures that
one might require, the following are
some of the most common issues that cosmetic dentists deal with:
Crowns - These
are for people who, either by way of a degenerative disease or by some type of
physical accident, are missing part of or most of a tooth. An unchecked cavity can dig through your enamel eventually reaching the root resulting in a root canal. This in turn requires protection for the dead tooth in the form of a crown. Likewise, a missing tooth can be filled with the use of an implant capped with a crown. Crowns are porcelain
and metal fused together to create a substitute for the missing part of the
tooth. After the crown is made using a mold of your other comparable teeth, it
is then fitted into the mouth and attached with permanent cement.
Veneers – These
are most often used on the front teeth to mask discolouration and give the
patient a whiter smile. They are made of extremely thin porcelain or a highly
concentrated resin and are bonded to the front of the teeth, adding aesthetic
value to your smile. Veneers are long lasting, performing their function for up
to 10 years or more before requiring a touch-up treatment.
Whitening – This
is not actually a surgery, but still a process that only a qualified dental
professional can perform. While there are many methods of whitening that
provide minimal results such as toothpastes, mouthwashes, lightening pens,
bleaching and the newly trending mall kiosks, only the procedures you receive
from a cosmetic dentist will offer professional results. Depending on the
clinic, most use either a laser to micro-scrub the tooth and get deep within
the enamel to remove stains, or a combination of a whitening gel mixed with
specific light frequencies. As this process requires a concentrated dose for a
small length of time, it is neither advisable, nor practical to attempt the
procedure at home. The mixtures used by dentists is three or more times stronger than over the counter methods resulting in 2-3 shade differences within a visit.
A professional cosmetic
will take the time to listen to your
concerns and help you choose a plan of action that is right for you. It is
important that they show empathy to their patients and can offer reassurance when needed. Also ask
to see before and after photos to compare results – this will give you a level
of comfort with the dental surgeon's work and you can then begin a wonderful
partnership caring for your teeth.